February 18, 2013

Prospective High School and Transfer Students Gear Up to Explore UNO

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Enrollment services officers are on the move at the University of New Orleans, where next week they have planned “Explore UNO,” an opportunity for recently admitted high school and transfer students to explore opportunities and next steps awaiting them on the Lakefront campus.

“This is a really new type of program that we’re doing,” said Brett Hornsby, admissions counselor of programs. “We’ve never really done a huge open house in the spring.”

Whereas Get 2 Know UNO – a fall open house that this year drew more than 300 visitors to the Lakefront campus – is for prospective students and their parents, Explore UNO is primarily focused on high school and transfer students who have already been accepted to the University, Hornsby said. The open house for admitted and prospective students is both a recruitment and yield event. Prospective students who have not yet applied for admission are also invited to attend.

The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 in the University Center ballroom. Check-in begins at 5 p.m. The event will include a welcome, a college browse and breakout sessions focused on topics, including: financial aid, diversity and the UNO admissions process.

The event will also provide discussion and resources on what’s next for admitted students, Hornsby said. Admissions counselors will address issues including: new student orientation, submission of final transcripts and immunization forms, housing sign-up and registration.

“We just want to make the transition to the University of New Orleans as easy as it can be. We’re giving them all the tools they need,” said Hornsby, who said that a college browse session will take place in the University Center’s gallery lounge, where students and parents can visit with faculty and staff ― reviewing brochures and hearing about programs through casual discussion on comfortable chairs and couches.

“With this program, unlike our larger event Get to Know UNO in October, this event will focus more on conversations,” Hornsby said.

Hornsby said that the new and forward-thinking event is designed to appease anxieties and give students and parents the information they need to plan ahead and smooth their transitions to the University.

That evening, UNO graduate student Jamison Ross, a drummer who is pursuing his Master of Music degree, will give a graduate recital in The Cove, a popular gathering spot and student hang-out on campus. All Explore UNO guests will be invited to attend.

Ross took first prize in September in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition, awarded at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As a winner of the competition, Ross received a $25,000 scholarship and a guaranteed recording contract with the Concord Music Group.

“It’s a great way to send them off, of course,” said Hornsby of ExploreUNO guests, “listening to jazz on campus.”

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